Colecovision
Colecovision

The Colecovision was another of the great consoles from the early eighties. The console was released in 1982 in the United States by Coleco (formerly the COnnecticut LEather COmpany) who had had some earlier dealings in the video game market with their Telstar game unit, a simple Pong close that they released in 1976. CBS were the company responsible for sales and marketing in Europe.

The Telstar console had initially sold well, but missed the Christmas sales peak due to striking dock workers and experienced a number of other problems. The company lost over $20 million dollars on the Telstar, but were determined to press ahead into the video game market nonetheless.

Coleco had contacted the Japanese company Nintendo and secured the rights to produce a console version of their arcade hit 'Donkey Kong' for a princely $250,000. The console manufacturers promised 'arcade quality' games, and better sound and graphics than the two other main consoles of the time, the Atari & the Intellivision. This proved to be a fair description - the console outperformed both the Atari & Mattel machines on all aspects, sound, graphics & power.

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Guide your mouse around the labyrinth, eating pieces of cheese and avoiding hungry cats. The mouse can change maze doors and can also turn into a dog to chase the cats. Use the 'IN' box at the centre of the maze to escape to one of the corners. Look out; even smart mice, or dogs can be caught by the hawk.
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Its a heavyweight championship bout between Rocky and Clubber Lang and the Colecovision Super Action Controllers let you direct every move. Have your fighter bob and weave, cover up with his gloves, then throw sharp jabs, devestating blows that send your opponents to the canvas.
This game is the plastic box version.
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£22
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